Madison Sinclair │02.03.17
Women’s rights have been an issue worldwide, but the Chinese women’s rights movement has had a long history. In ancient China, the Confucius philosophy supported women staying silent and staying at home. With the rise of the Maoist period, Mao Zedong, founding father of the People’s Republic of China, showed that he had an interest in gender equality. Mao said, “Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production.” Although Mao said he supported gender equality, the reality did not reflect it.
Today, the rights of women are not protected or supported. In April 2015, five female activists were put in jail for 37 days in China. The women planned on giving out stickers on public buses to raise awareness of sexual harassment on public transportation. In China, women’s rights are viewed as more of a western movement rather than something that is in “Eastern” culture. While some Chinese people don’t support women’s rights, Professor Wang Tang, a professor who promotes gender studies in the nation said that something worth acknowledging is that “some branches of government work hard on it and there are officials who put a lot of effort into promoting women’s rights.” While China does appreciate women, its treatment of women is very traditional. Women today, can’t own land and lose the right to land after they get married. Women are also having a hard time getting a job, and the most affected women are married women. Not many Chinese females call themselves female activists, but as time goes on, more and more young women are addressing women’s rights online.
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